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What it Means to be "Online"

Friday, November 09, 2012

Last month, Forrester Research reported that people assume they spend less time online than they actually do because the way people understand what it means to be "online" is changing. On the Media producer Alex Goldman talks about our changing relationship with being online and how fiction has imagined us reaching this point for decades. 

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Features

Witchcraft: A Halloween Talk with Deborah Harkness

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

It’s nearly Halloween, so soon the streets will be thronged with superheroes and pirates and princesses and politicians.  And, of course, witches and vampires.

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The Takeaway

Try the Morgue: An Inside Look at the World of Arms Trafficking

Friday, October 19, 2012

Since the '80s, Eva Maria Staal (not her real name) has sold weapons in Chechnya, Pakistan, China and beyond. Her work, while legal, frequently brought her in close contact with all kinds of underworld figures — from drug dealers to child and sex traffickers. Her debut novel “Try the Morgue,” draws on these experiences. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

October's Book: Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

David Mitchell, two-time finalist for the Booker Prize, joins us to talk about his 2004 novel Cloud Atlas. The story is told through six separate but related narratives, each set in a different time and place, and written in a different style. Novelist Michael Chabon called it “not just dazzling, amusing, or clever but heartbreaking and passionate, too.”

If you have a question for David Mitchell, leave a comment below! 

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Sherman Alexie

Monday, October 15, 2012

Sherman Alexie talks about his 20-year, 20-book career as a writer known for his irreverent observations of life among Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest. His newest collection, Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories, which includes 15 classics with 15 new stories in one anthology.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

John Banville's Ancient Light

Monday, October 08, 2012

Man Booker Prize-winning author John Banville discusses his new novel, Ancient Light, about an actor in the twilight of his life and his career. It’s a meditation on love and loss, on the inscrutable immediacy of the past in our present lives, on how invention shapes memory and memory shapes the man.

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Louise Erdrich's The Round House

Friday, October 05, 2012

Louise Erdrich discusses her new novel, The Round House, which is set on a reservation in North Dakota. It's about a boy whose life is irrevocably transformed after his mother is attacked.

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Tarun J. Tejpal’s The Story of My Assassins

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Based on actual events, Tarun J. Tejpal’s The Story of My Assassins is about a journalist who learns that the police have captured five hit men on their way to kill him. The news prompts him to launch an urgent investigation into the lives of his aspiring murderers and their mastermind, and forces him to reexamine his own life. The novel is part thriller, part romance, and moves from India’s grand palaces to its seediest slums.

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Lois Lowry's Son

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Lois Lowry, whose book The Giver won a Newbery Medal, talks about her latest novel, Son. A new hero emerges in this series finale, the long-awaited conclusion to Lowry’s epic tale culminates in a final clash between good and evil.

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Lawrence Norfolk's novel John Saturnall’s Feast

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Lawrence Norfolk discusses his new historical novel, John Saturnall’s Feast. It tells the story of a young orphan who becomes a kitchen boy at a manor house, then rises through the ranks to become the greatest cook of his generation. It is a story of food, star-crossed lovers, ancient myths and one man’s rise from outcast to hero.

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Mark Helprin's In Sunlight and in Shadow

Monday, October 01, 2012

Mark Helprin discusses his new novel, In Sunlight and in Shadow, which begins in New York in 1946. Harry Copeland, an elite paratrooper who fought behind enemy lines in Europe, has returned home to run the family business but his life is upended by a single encounter with a young singer and heiress.

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Ken Follett's Winter of the World

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Ken Follett talks about his new novel, Winter of the World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy, the follow-up to bestseller Fall of Giants. It picks up where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the dramas of World War II, and into the atomic age.

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Michael Chabon's Telegraph Avenue

Monday, September 17, 2012

Michael Chabon talks about his latest novel, Telegraph Avenue. Set in 2004, the story centers on longtime friends, bandmates, and co-regents of Brokeland Records located in the borderlands of Berkeley and Oakland, and their wives, who are semi-legendary Berkeley midwives. Their businesses, professional existence, and friendships are tested.

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Molly Ringwald on When It Happens to You

Friday, September 14, 2012

Molly Ringwald discusses her first novel, When It Happens to You. It examines the complexities of modern relationships in four interlinked stories that follow a Los Angeles family and their friends and neighbors as they negotiate the hazardous terrain of everyday life.

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Zadie Smith's NW

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Zadie Smith discusses her new novel, NW, a tragi-comic story that follows four Londoners—Leah, Natalie, Felix and Nathan—as they try to make adult lives outside of Caldwell, the council estate of their childhood.

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Junot Diaz's This Is How You Lose Her

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Diaz talks about his new book of stories, This Is How You Lose Her. It’s about the haunting, impossible power of love—obsessive love, illicit love, fading love, maternal love. At the heart of these stories is the irrepressible, irresistible Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness—and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses.

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Martin Amis on His New Novel

Monday, September 10, 2012

Martin Amis talks about his new novel, Lionel Asbo: State of England, about a terrifying thug and his relationship with his quiet, studious orphaned nephew.

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Emma Straub on Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

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Tana French's Novel Broken Harbor

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tana French talks about her fourth novel of the Dublin murder squad, Broken Harbor. The story shows her signature blend of police procedural and psychological thriller.

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Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Ben Fountain talks about his novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. It tells the story of Specialist William Lynn, a 19-year-old Texas native who became a war hero after he survived an intense firefight in Iraq. He and his fellow survivors are being honored during the halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game, and over the course of the day he begins to understand difficult truths about himself, his country, his struggling family, and his brothers-in-arms—soldiers both dead and alive.

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